COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits

Resources and information for tax-exempt or charitable organizations. There are 4,677 nonprofits in Summit County working for the benefit of our residents, families, and community. This page is for you.

*New* 4/2/20
Kresge Foundation:
As nonprofits navigate the new loan offerings made available through the CARES Act, a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kresge’s Aaron Seybert and Zenna Elhasan have generated a helpful guide.

Prosper Strategies: Pull Off a Virtual Fundraising Event in the Age of COVID-19. The webinar recording is available here (and the slides are here). 4/1/20

National Council of NonprofitsRecording of webinar: “Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?”  4/1/20
Slide deck from webinar: “Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?” 4/1/20

Analysis of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (Pub. L. 116-136) 3/29/20

Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES Act 3/29/20

How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19Nonprofit Quarterly, Mar. 26, 2020

Analysis of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act 3/26/20

Self-Insured Nonprofits and Unemployment Insurance, David Heinen, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits 3/26/20

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act 2020: Summary and Overview as of 3/26/20

CMX – A Comprehensive List of Tips, Tools, and Examples for Event Organizers During the Coronavirus Outbreak:

Early Childhood Resource Center compiled a list of child care and family resources as well as guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization is also looking for volunteers to become Child Care Heroes and work in pandemic child care programs. 

Grants Plus: Our team is tracking emergency grant opportunities that are being released by funders across the country to help organizations recover and respond to the crisis. Visit our Crisis Grant Funding Resources List frequently, as we will continue updating it as we learn of new funding opportunities.

Stay At Home Order FAQ:

Updates from Local Philanthropy:
GAR Foundation, March 17th Update
Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Update from March 13, 2020

To continue serving your community during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may find the need to quickly transition to remote work. To help you, TechSoup created a free track of courses to provide information and tools you’ll need to do so.

BVU will continue to connect businesses and the community to the nonprofits who need their help. Fill out the Request for Assistance form with your nonprofit’s immediate volunteer needs.

Grants Plus: A listing of available grant opportunities to help nonprofits respond and recover during this uncertain time.

BVU Resource Center: Nonprofit Quarterly on Responding to COVID-19

NGCAE: With both administrative management and learning moving online, we compiled resources for helping our members gather virtually as effectively as possible. The guide includes tips on Zoom, Google Hangouts, and live streaming. Access it here.  

Events, Coronavirus, Lost Revenue: Veritus Group shared a blog resourcing organization with best practices around lost revenue due to even cancellation. 

Crisis Comms, Fundraising and Event Considerations for Challenging Times: Prosper Strategies hosted a webinar on crises communication and has made the slides and recording available at no cost.
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Nonprofit HR and Independent Sector conducted a joint virtual town hall meeting for social impact organizations with downloadable resources.

Lemonly: Tools for Remote Work
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New York Council of Nonprofits share information for nonprofits about how their current insurance policies might (or might not) respond as a result of quarantines, claims, events and conference cancellations.

Small Business Loans (for Private Nonprofits, too)

U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Thanks to a concerted effort by our partners throughout the state, Ohio small businesses and private nonprofits can now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL).

What’s an EIDL?

  • The SBA EIDL program can provide low-interest loans of up to $2M to businesses and private non-profits.
  • EIDLs may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills.
  • The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • EIDLs have long-term repayment options, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based on borrower’s ability to repay.

How do I apply?

Additional resources for application assistance: Akron Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), contact here.

Local Emergency Relief Funds

United Way of Summit County has established an Akron Summit County COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund which will help provide food and nutrition assistance; housing, shelter, rent and utility support; childcare assistance; and medical payment assistance to those impacted by COVID-19.

Akron Community Foundation: The Community Response Fund will distribute grants to nonprofit organizations that provide for basic needs, such as food, medical assistance and shelter, as well as provide emergency operating support to agencies that cover education, arts & culture, civic, and health & human services programs. These grants will not exceed $5,000.

Barberton Community Foundation: If you are a nonprofit organization working to provide emergency food to insecure families, working in community health, or you are providing additional services needed to alleviate hardships suffered by Barberton residents, please reach out to us. Call us at (330)745-5995 or visit us at 460 W. Paige Ave. Or email our executive director Dr. Suzanne Allen, at

Greater Cleveland COVID-19, Rapid Response Fund focuses on

  • People over 60 years of age, people with compromised immune systems, those who are pregnant and others with increased health risks associated with the novel coronavirus
  • Low-income residents
  • Homeless people
  • Residents without health insurance and/or access to paid time off work
  • People with limited English language proficiency
  • Healthcare, service workers and part-time workers
  • People of color
  • People with disabilities
  • Incarcerated and returning individuals
  • Other populations emerging with needs as the crisis unfolds